PORTSMOUTH — A batch of 15 new police trading cards is hot off the press, some packing humor, others offering inspiration, all available for the asking.
It’s the third round of Portsmouth Police Department trading cards, which officers will carry with them and give to children, and adults, who see them on the job and ask for one. After a 20-year hiatus, the police trading cards were revived in two printings last year, with the effort led by detective Rochelle Navelski and at the urging of Police Commission Chairman Brenna Cavanaugh.
New in this batch is a card for Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn, known as an animal lover and pictured on his trading card holding “Buddy,” a ferret he rescued from State Street in 2010.
“She wasn’t going to survive two lanes of traffic,” Kaltenborn said at the time. “She has no fear of humans, so it’s very evident she’s someone’s pet.”
After receiving a lot of press coverage for his ferret rescue, Kaltenborn was able to return the ferret to a grateful owner.
A patrol sergeant, Kaltenborn’s card includes the following quote from the Dalai Lama, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
New officer Conall Loughlin is pictured on his new trading card in a child-sized Power Wheels police cruiser. It also includes the nickname “Brad” that he was given by police colleagues, but no one knows why, Navelski said. Born and raised in Portsmouth, Loughlin noted on his card that he was a teacher before he became a police officer.
A new trading card for officer Christina “Chrissy” Meyer notes she’s a mother of five and grandmother to eight. Residents who ask her for her card will see a photo of her handcuffing a woman on the hood of a police cruiser in Market Square. The pictured “perp” is actually her friend Taylor Bistany, who works at Moe’s Italian Sandwiches, Navelski said.
“Life is far too important to take too seriously,” Meyer’s trading card advises. “Learn to laugh at yourself and see the best in others.”
Patrol officer Dean Outhouse is pictured on a police motorcycle wearing a fake mustache, officer Peter Connor was photographed for his card at Water Country and officer Todd Goodwin was photographed as a member of the police Honor Guard. Officer Andrew Bridges went to the tug boats for his photo and he quotes Abraham Lincoln saying, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Navelski said motorcycle officer Roland Dupuis has been asked often for a trading card while working in Market Square and his new card shows him sporting a hefty mustache during the “Beard for Bucks” facial-hair growing charity effort. “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground,” Dupuis quotes Theodore Roosevelt.
Also new in the third round of trading cards is Police Chief Robert Merner, pictured standing at attention above South Mill Pond. His credentials and a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. are on the back. To learn which quote, ask the chief for one when you see him taking an evening jog, or on patrol with his officers.
A member of the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, officer Nick Small is pictured on his card with the armored Bearcat vehicle. Known for being with a police bicycle at city schools during the Cops and Kids event, officer Bill Werner offers an inspiring quote from Derek Jeter. Officer Eric Krans’ card cites three things everyone needs and new officer Jack Maloney is pictured in black-and-white.
The Police Department’s auxiliary officers were recognized for the first time on trading cards this year, including Kevin “Officer Friendly” Semprini.
“Listen to your parents and stay strong in your beliefs,” Semprini advises on the back of his card.
Auxiliary officer Alana Dubaniewcz notes she also works as a dispatcher and auxiliary officer Joe Follansbee is pictured at a Prescott Park Arts Festival concert. Auxiliary officer Dana Cummings quotes Oscar Wilde saying, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Auxiliary officer John Klosenski was photographed for his card with his dog Sambuca and the message, “Dogs are always happy to see you.”
Navelski had 1,000 cards from the last round, showing her with resident Sylvia Grammas. She ordered more to replenish all but 25 she’s passed out in the last 11 months, including from someone at a neighboring campsite last weekend in Franconia Notch.
Police ask residents to not approach officers for cards if they’re at an emergency scene or a traffic stop. For more information about the trading card program, visit cityofportsmouth.com/police/ppdtradingcards.